Tropical viral diseases are on the rise worldwide. Zika, swine flu, Rift Valley fever and SARS are just a few of the many diseases threatening humans or animals. Virologists are researching ways of preventing new outbreaks and epidemics. ‘There is no doubt at all that a new virus will turn up somewhere some time.’
According to Professor of Veterinary Arbovirology Jeroen Kortekaas (Wageningen Bioveterinary Research), something is definitely going on. Population growth, globalization and climate change are creating a world in which diseases can spread faster and further.